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An Acceptable Time

(Time Quintet #5)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  18,116 ratings  ·  867 reviews
Under their feet, the ground seemed to tremble.

Polly O'Keefe has recently moved in with her grandparents, the famous scientists Alex and Kate Murry, when she wanders into a time 3,000 years before her own. Perhaps it's not an accident - as she is told by two druids: When a gate between circles of time opens, it opens for a reason. When the gate closes behind Polly and her
Paperback, 343 pages
Published November 1st 1990 by Laurel Leaf Library (first published October 1st 1989)
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David You probably only need to read A Wrinkle in Time, and maybe House Like a Lotus. Wrinkle sets up some of the concepts they mention. Lotus tells the…moreYou probably only need to read A Wrinkle in Time, and maybe House Like a Lotus. Wrinkle sets up some of the concepts they mention. Lotus tells the story of Polly (daughter of the kids from Wrinkle). I'd say read that only because it introduces one of the new characters who is a major part of Acceptable. All the other books make the story better because you have a background on the characters, but ultimately you could read it as a stand alone.

Wrinkle is one of the best childrens/young adult books ever written, so I'd try that regardless.(less)
Hannah Hess The truth is that if you read An Acceptable Time without reading the O'Keefe family series, you will feel like there is something you are missing. You…moreThe truth is that if you read An Acceptable Time without reading the O'Keefe family series, you will feel like there is something you are missing. You will be wrong. There is nothing in House Like a Lotus worth reading. However, if you are dead set on reading House Like a Lotus at some point, then yes, reading An Acceptable Time first will spoil it for you. Now, in this particular case, when I say "spoil," I don't mean "reveal one or two major plot points thereby diminishing your experience of the book as a whole," but rather that you will simply not be capable of caring enough about the characters or plot to force yourself to finish. But seriously, don't make yourself read House Like a Lotus just to get to this one. It's not worth your time.(less)

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Andrew Leon
Dec 21, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine for just a moment that you're the parent of a teenage girl, a very smart teenage girl who is not getting the kind of education she needs at her high school. You decide to send your daughter off to spend some time studying with your parents who happen to be genius scientists. Now... Imagine a boy, a boy you don't know from Adam, shows up at your house wanting to see your daughter. A boy, a college boy, mind you, who says he has just driven from one coast to the other for the sole purpose ...more
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
In An Acceptable Time, Polly is alright as a character but I kind of felt like I was missing half the story (that might be because this book takes place after three other books that aren’t considered part of the quintet) and sometimes her response to some of the events seemed flimsy and came with little to no explanation. Maybe if I read the other novels that come before this one chronologically I’d connect more with Polly, but that’s what I thought about Meg and after the first book you don’t g ...more
Jan 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Okay, so how many times have I read the four books that proceeds this and still managed to be completely unaware of the existence of this one? Picked from my sister's bookshelf and devoured over a quick excursion home for Christmas, I could never quite shake the feeling that this was a bit of a step down from the other four. Polly just isn't nearly as compelling a character as her mother or her uncles (though she does grow on you), Alex could very well be L'Engle's most relentlessly tiresome cre ...more
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
The last book of this series was such a disappointment.

An Acceptable Time is about Polly’s adventure into the prehistory of the druids. She gets mesmerized by a guy who is like no other while out on a study break. She, of course, crossed the time gate into the past.

Polly and her best friend Zachary are on this silly adventure. Now throughout this story, I was bored. Like really really bored. Everything was predictable and unoriginal. Again, I was really bored. I think this might my least favor
Mar 08, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2009, youth-children
An Acceptable Time does have a good message. It teaches truth in that integrated, mostly-subtle way that good books should, and in this is similar to the other books in the "Time" "Series." (If, indeed, a series it really can be called...)

The difference is that this book is boring. Yes, it continues the story of the Murry clan, and yes, it involves druids and blood sacrifice and time travel, (in a way quite parallel to A Swiftly Tilting Planet) and yes, it does eventually get around to a nice s
Dec 21, 2008 rated it did not like it
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Jul 02, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 🌟
An Acceptable Time is the final book in the Wrinkle in Time series. This was my second favorite book of the series just behind A Swiftly Tilting Planet. There were vivid images of perfect fall days filled with family and comfort food. The plot tackled themes of time travel, honor, love, war, and religion. At times the story was slow moving, but was still a great escape filled with thought provoking scenes.
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still one of my L'Engle favorites. I like a good dose of time travel & a little potential romance. I love the idea of going for a swim in your grandparents' indoor pool (what!?) and slipping into the past effortlessly. I love the odd life of privilege all these Murry/O'Keefe family members live.

In some ways, reading these books again has been somewhat of a disappointment. I can see through them a little better than I could as a teen. I recognize I like the ones with a touch of romance bette
*gasps in relief*

That went so much better than I expected it to. Still not sure whether it should be three or four stars... probably three stars... but we'll give it 3.5 in my post-Many Waters relief. Towards the end I caught the same strains that pulsed through A Wrinkle in Time, and, to a lesser degree, A Wind in the Door, that got lost in the other books - the same song that echoes in a Greater Story. But...

ZACHARY IS (view spoiler)
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
This was an okay story, but it seemed like the Murrys had changed? They get all upset and protective about Polly and this time gate thing, and they don't believe her or Bishop at first. Like your kids did weirder things than this and you were fine with it! Is it because it's not Meg or Charles Wallace this time??? I was so confused by their attitude. Then there's Zach, apparently Polly meets him in some other book but I didn't have time to read it and it really didn't seem that necessary. Zach w ...more
Kathryn Bywaters
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
‘An Acceptable Time’ is the last book in the series and even though I am happy I’ve read them, I’m also happy there are not any more. In this book we again are taken on a journey back in time, about 3,000 years, to spend time with a native tribe called ‘People of the Wind’. Charles Wallace visited the ‘People of the Wind’ back in ‘A Swiftly Tilting Planet’; in this book Polly (Meg and Calvin’s daughter) is the one that goes back in time.

It’s a cute story but it doesn’t really seem to go anywher
Madeline O'Rourke
An Acceptable Time: it only took until the last book in the series, but I actually really liked this one.

I mean, don't get me wrong, it's still coloured with L'Engle's weird brand of things. Particularly her weird approach to romantic and sexual relationships. But, things were better this time around. Primarily because Polly was aware of how awful Zachary was, and straight up just stopped interacting with him. I also feel like it didn't suffer from the weird colonial tones of A Swiftly Tilting P
Pamela Shropshire
3.75 stars. First of all, let me get my complaints out of the way. I'm not an expert in ancient history, but I'm pretty sure Ms. L'Engle got some of the history wrong. Likewise I'm no geologist, but I know that it takes more than 3000 years for "tall mountains" to erode down to "ancient hills."

One other thing that really bugged me, not just in this book, but the entire series, is that the recurring characters seemingly have no recollections of the events in previous books. For example, in this b
Rpaul Tho
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. What a difference this book was from the fourth. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and couldn’t put it down. The story ran much more smoothly than the last and the characters were interesting and well written. The usual religious overt tones were present but at least this time they were mixed in with the sort rather than preachy.
Kam Gardner
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Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book gets a big ol' meh. This book was certainly better than a wind in the door and a swiftly tilting planet. However, it wasn't great. I found the plot moved pretty slowly in some places, and while it did pick up in others I found that it focused in on some odd subjects points. I found Zachary particularly more unlikeable than any unlikeable character should be. I didn't find the Bishop to be particularly engaging. However, unlike many of the reviews have said I found Pol ...more
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018

My second favorite book in the series! I loved the ammount of time spent around the Murry's dining room table and the way all the years that had gone by brought perspective and the quietness of old age to this story. Polly found a simple peace there, away from the cacophony of her large family and so did I as I read along.

Meeting Zachary again (I've read about him in AROEL and TAOTS) in this book was fun. He always brings a moodiness and an opportunity to learn some deep trut
Amy Neftzger
Mar 18, 2012 rated it liked it
This was an interesting conclusion to madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time series. The story continues with the Murry's granddaughter traveling through time to meet with individuals struggling for survival in the New World. The book is well written and continues to explore many philosophical and ethical themes, just as all the previous books in the series have done.

If I had to rate this series of all books as a unit I would rate it higher than I rated the individual books because I loved the wa
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anna by: series
“Truth is eternal. Knowledge is changeable. It is disastrous to confuse them.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, An Acceptable Time

This is such an interesting series, each book is very loosely connected to the others -- but this one is such a complete disconnect. The plot seems to be a poor imitation of "A Swiftly Tilting Planet"; the characters don't seem to make sense, esp. the McMurrys who have been part of the previous stories but seem oblivious and unbelievable in this one. Polly is a weak central chara
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
It took me a long while to get through this. Not because of the book, just because of my life right now.

In this book, Polly, the daughter of Meg (who had been the heroine of most of the other Time Quintet novels) has come to live with her grandparents. There she stumbles into a tesseract that links the property with the same place 3000 years in the past. (Charles Wallace visited that time with the Unicorn in A Swiftly Tilting Planet.)

There were things about this story that I liked, and things I
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally finished. I'm so annoyed at how painstaking it was to read this book. Parts of it were still so, SO good, but it pales in comparison to literally every other book in the Murry/O'Keefe storyline.

Oh, well. At least I never have to hear from Zachary again.

But, my darling Murry/O'Keefe family, you who got me through the end of my senior year of high school: Thank you. My heart is already heavy with the lack of your stories, but I will certainly be back. Sorry it took me so long to get around
Christina N
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

I feel like this book just dragged on and on, to the point where I was really thinking about dnf-ing it.

The characters were just mediocre. Zachary was super annoying of a character, though. He made me want to end the book even more.

I guess the plot is okay... but Polly is just talking and doing nothing for way too many pages of the book. No, I DON'T need to hear her uninteresting conversations.

Nope nope nope. (But I still like it. Don't get me wrong.)
Jessica L. Dwyer
I really wanted to love this series, but unfortunately I got less into the books as they went along. L’Engle has some incredible concepts that she dives into...over and over again...and with a lot of unnecessary filler. In my opinion, the last four books in the series could have been condensed into two. There were some sweet moments in this book, but for the majority of the time I was mostly just bored.
Victor The Reader
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grade: B
N.T. Embe

An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L'Engle, also known as, If You Thought It'd Be Less Racist in Book Five, You Were Desperately Mistaken, but Don't Worry, That Takes a Backseat to RAMPANT ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS This Time! Also, Did All My Old Mains Forget Their Own Canon or Is It Just the Same Old Hypocrisy I've Written Into My Past Three Books? (Do you really want to read to find out?)

Alright, let's take a step back here after this absolute mess of a series. I said that I always enjoyed the fifth
Sep 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
I feel like it needs to be noted that I read the Wrinkle in Time series for the first time as an adult; I had no prior knowledge of the storyline, no nostalgia tied to any of the books. Read as an adult, this entire series is one of the most boring I’ve ever read - it has flaky science scattered throughout, and somehow FIVE whole books were written without much really happening in any of them. Things just sort of happen with no real explanation, without much character development, and little des ...more
Aug 13, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fitting conclusion to the series. L'Engle's Time Quintet has always been about the passage of time, so a final book that follows a new character, granddaughter to the Drs. Murry and daughter to Calvin and Meg seems fitting. As time passes and we grow up, our children come up behind us and live life in ways both similar to and different from we might ever have imagined.

This book follows the time travelling journey's of Meg's daughter Polly. From the opening images on the Murry land, especially
The most "grown-up" of the Time series, and that's not a good thing. There are no young children in this book, only teenagers and young adults, and correspondingly the delightful lightheartedness that permeated the first book and its sequels (to a lesser degree) is more or less gone. The departures from reality are much milder and in fact, apart from the space/time travel that is present in every book of the series, there is very little that is fantasy proper.

This isn't inherently problematic.
Jennie Martinez
May 13, 2012 rated it liked it
OK, this is the "Time" series (A Wrinkle in Time) Book 5, and the "O'Keefe Family" series Book 4... a little confusing! I'm reading the Time series and am immediately thrust into book 4 of another series... which explains why I feel I'm missing a lot of information on the characters. This book starts out directly with the second generation -- Meg's daughter, Polly. I'm disappointed that the author hasn't given us more of Meg's story, and what happened with her brother, Charles Wallace? I hope we ...more
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Madeleine L'Engle was an American writer best known for her young adult fiction, particularly the Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and Many Waters. Her works reflect her strong interest in modern science: tesseracts, for example, are featured prominently in A Wrinkle in Time, mitochondrial DNA in A Wind in the Door, organ regener ...more

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Time Quintet (6 books)
  • A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1)
  • A Wind in the Door (Time Quintet, #2)
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